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De Blasio Fills Two More Vacancies In His Administration

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Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio filled two vacancies in his administration Monday by appointing Alicia Glen as deputy mayor for housing and economic development and Laura Santucci as his chief of staff. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.

Corporate strategies were the way to grow the economy under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, but Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio said that that approach is about to change.

"We will roll back the historically unsuccessful corporate strategies that don't help create good jobs, that aren't sustainable and don't create lasting new economic activity," de Blasio said.

With a Brooklyn metal shop as the mayor-elect's backdrop, de Blasio appointed his new deputy mayor for housing and economic development on Monday.

Alicia Glen heads up the Urban Investment Group at Goldman Sachs. At City Hall, she said that her focus will be on emerging industries, like film and TV, and on preserving New York City's neighborhoods.

"That means not just focusing on the large-scale projects that have been so front and central over the past decade, but focusing on a comprehensive approach to neighborhood revitalization, that we make sure that the deals we do result in the affordable housing opportunities," Glen said.

De Blasio also selected Laura Santucci, the current executive director of his transition team and former acting executive director of the Democratic National Committee, as his chief of staff.

"I am proud, so proud, of the team we've built thus far," Santucci said.

Meanwhile, another member of the de Blasio team was on the hot seat.

Lis Smith, the mayor-elect's spokeswoman often seen in the background at his events, was splashed across the tabloids on Monday for dating her former boss, Eliot Spitzer.

Smith served as Spitzer's spokeswoman during his failed bid for city comptroller. Her name has been circulated as a possible press secretary for de Blasio.

De Blasio was not interested in weighing in on her relationship status on Monday.

"I respect Lis as a professional, but I also respect her right to privacy, so I'm not going to get any further into it," he said.

As for other unfilled positions, the mayor-elect said that he would not be announcing his pick for schools chancellor until next week. ClientIP:,, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP